When Karl Rove is saying your political ads have gone too far, you know you must be doing something dishonest.
The former Bush chief strategist, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said that John McCain had stretched the truth in his recent round of attacks against Barack Obama, in the process opening up the Arizonan to a round of effective counter-attacks.
“McCain has gone in his ads one step too far, and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test,” said Rove. “Both campaigns ought to be careful about… there ought to be an adult who says: ‘Do we really need to go that far in this ad? Don’t we make our point and get broader acceptance and deny the opposition an opportunity to attack us if we don’t include that one little last tweak in the ad?'”
I can only repeat what I’ve said before.
And I just gotta say, when Peggy Noonan has to serve as a voice of reason… Well, it’s the political equivalent of Courtney Love showing up at your intervention and suggesting you ease up on the pipe just little a bit.
Except now it’s Karl Rove in the Courtney Love role. (I can’t think of a male celebrity equivalent.)